physical meaning

[ 'fizikəl ] Pronunciation:   "physical" in a sentence
Adjective: physical  fizikul
  1. Involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
    "physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance" 
  2. Relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics
    "physical sciences"; "physical laws" 
  3. Having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses
    "a physical manifestation" 
  4. According with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)
    "a reflex response to physical stimuli" 
  5. Characterized by energetic bodily activity
    "a very physical dance performance" 
  6. Impelled by physical force especially against resistance
    "a real cop would get physical"
    - forcible, strong-arm 
  7. Concerned with material things
    "physical properties"; "the physical characteristics of the earth"; "the physical size of a computer"
Noun: physical  fizikul
  1. A medical examination to check health and fitness

Derived forms: physicals

See also: animal, bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, energetic, fleshly, forceful, material, natural, personal, physicality, physically, physicalness, physics, physiologic, physiological, sensual, somatic, somatogenetic, somatogenic

Antonym: mental

Encyclopedia: Physical

[American slang]
1. Lit. physical in the use of force against someone. (Typically: be ~; get ~.)
   The coach got in trouble for getting physical with some members of the team.
  When the suspect wouldn't cooperate, the police were forced to get physical.
2. Fig. physical in touching someone in lovemaking. (Typically: be ~; get ~.)
  I've heard that Bill tends to get physical with his dates.
  I don't care if he gets physical—within reason.

adjective [only before noun]

1 (IT )

existing in a form that can be seen or touched, as opposed to electronic:

The website has features that physical stores can't offer.

What role does the physical office play in an increasingly virtual world?

E-commerce could change the way people view physical coins and notes.


2 (Finance )

used to describe a product or a raw material that can be bought and sold, or used, as opposed to cash, shares or futures:

Investors are putting their money into physical assets such as gold and property.


physical assets/commodities/goods

1 : having material existence : perceptible esp. through the senses and subject to the laws of nature
a : of or relating to physics
b : characterized or produced by the forces and operations of physics
3 : of or relating to the body — phys·i·cal·ly adv

<jargon> The opposite of logical in its jargon sense. Compare real, virtual, and transparent.

It is said that what you can touch and see is real; what you can see but not touch is virtual; what you can touch but not see is transparent; and what you can neither touch nor see is probably imaginary.


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  1. he 's deeply engrossed in physical research.
  2. overwork has reduced him to a physical wreck.
  3. now consider the following physical problem.
  4. youth is the time of physical growth.
  5. body weight and physical strength diminish rapidly.

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